An extremely rare albino orangutan rescued in Central Kalimantan on Saturday (29/04). (Photo courtesy of The Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation)

Extremely Rare Albino Orangutan Rescued in Borneo


MAY 02, 2017

Jakarta.  A conservation group in Central Kalimantan called the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation, or BOS Foundation, has rescued an extremely rare five-year-old female albino orangutan in the village of Tanggirang in Kapuas Hulu, Central Kalimantan.

The rescue effort was organized with the Central Kalimantan Natural Resource Conservation Agency or BKSDA.

BOS Foundation Communication Officer Nico Hermanu said the orangutan was rescued last Saturday (29/04) after a tip-off from local police.

"We rescued the albino orangutan on April 29, after receiving information from the Kapuas Hulu Police," Nico told the Jakarta Globe in a phone interview on Tuesday.

A medical team has already conducted a preliminary physical examination of the orangutan.

"The albino orangutan's hair, eye and skin color are paler than normal. She is also sensitive to light," the communication officer said.

The orangutan will remain under the care of BOS Foundation to undergo more health tests.

The conservation agency plans to keep it for at least one month to continue its rehabilitation treatment at the Nyaru Menteng Orangutan Rescue Center before releasing it back to a forest conservation area.

"The orangutan looks very healthy and her behaviors suggest she had been raised in the wild. There's a good chance she could soon be released back to her natural habitat," Nico said.